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Arrowheadlines: Travis Kelce references Super Bowl ‘shellacking’ as he eyes 2021

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Reinvigorated Travis Kelce chasing title following Chiefs’ ‘shellacking’ in Super Bowl LV | NFL.com

“That was pretty embarrassing man, taking that last loss down there in Tampa, man,” Kelce said during an interview with NFL Network’s Patrick Claybon and Brandon Flowers on Thursday’s NFL Total Access. “If you’re not motivated after taking a shellacking like that, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I want to go win one more than I ever wanted to get one in the first place and that’s everybody in that building, man.

“That’s why I love Kansas City, we’ve got great guys, top to bottom. Front office, Clark Hunt, the head of it all, the owner of the Chiefs, he’s done a great job of getting the right people in the right place, even more so this year with the new additions that we have. It’s just exciting times and everybody’s motivated to just get better and go out here and try to win a Super Bowl, man.”

The 5 most memorable moments from the American Century Championship | Golf.com

Travis Kelce as Boo Weekley/Happy Gilmore

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce knows how to pump up a crowd, and nothing gets ’em going like Happy Gilmore’s Bull Dance — which was famously borrowed by Boo Weekely at the 2008 Ryder Cup. Keep on feelin’ the flow, Travis!

Patrick Mahomes weighs in on Aaron Rodgers’ situation with Green Bay Packers | 247 Sports

“He hasn’t said anything to me about that,” Mahomes said. “Usually when we’re shooting those things, we’re just kind of focused on that and how we’re just focused on that and kind of how our lives are going. But it’s a weird situation. A great organization, a great football player. They’re not seeing eye-to-eye.

“We’ll see what happens. I’m sure that whatever happens that Aaron and the Green Bay Packers will be just fine.”

Oakley’s Crazy New Shades Are Ready for Their Tokyo Closeup | Gear Patrol

This past spring, Oakley finally revealed the mysterious shades, and with the help of none other than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes: the Oakley Kato.

NFL All Under 25 Defensive Team: Chase Young, Minkah Fitzpatrick headline star-studded youth movement | CBS Sports

Second team

EDGE: Brian Burns (Panthers)

EDGE: Montez Sweat (Washington)

IDL: Daron Payne (Washington)

IDL: Dexter Lawrence (Giants)

LB: Devin Bush (Steelers)

LB: Kenneth Murray (Chargers)

LB: Tremaine Edmunds (Bills)

CB: Carlton Davis (Buccaneers)

CB: L’Jarius Sneed (Chiefs)

S: Marcus Williams (Saints)

S: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Buccaneers)

The Kansas City Chiefs Need To Find Their No. 2 Wide Receiver In Training Camp | Forbes

Along with Hardman, other returning options include third-year receiver Byron Pringle, who started three games last season, and Demarcus Robinson, who started nine games last year.

“Mecole has played, D-Rob has played in Super Bowls, Pringle,” Hill said. “So I feel like we’re going to be all right.”

Creed Humphrey already sounds like a veteran player | Arrowhead Addict

“I’ve said it before. I’ve gotten the chance to snap to really good quarterbacks at OU, so I’m used to snapping to great players. At the college level, I’ve snapped to the best of the best and now in the NFL, I’ll have the chance to snap to the best of the best. I’m not too nervous about it or anything. He’s a great player. He’s a great teammate.”

The Kansas City Chiefs are helping out with a Raffle in Parsons | KSN

Up for grabs, signed Jerseys from Patrick Maholmes, Tyreek Hill, and Damien Williams.

There are also tickets to any pre-season Chiefs game.

Money from the raffle will benefit the Umbarger-Betts Scholarship Fund, which help kids in the community afford activities at the Arvon Phillips Community Center.

Avid Chiefs fan Jace Ward passes away after courageous battle with rare cancer | Sports & Spectrum

In February, Jace and Robert boarded a private jet bound for Tampa to watch their Kansas City Chiefs compete in Super Bowl LV. Both were diehard Chiefs fans, and thanks to a friendship that Jace struck with CBS analyst Jay Feely, his story reached Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, a former teammate of Feely’s.

Sherman decided to pay for Jace and his father to get the entire Super Bowl experience — the flight, a hotel, passes to the events outside the stadium, and, of course, the game.

“Being able to watch the Super Bowl with my father, especially after the long couple of years we’ve had, it’ll be something I’ll definitely never forget and something I’ll cherish forever,” Jace told Sports Spectrum ahead of the game.

Around the NFL

NFL, Twitter extend partnership through multi-year deal | NFL.com

The National Football League (NFL) and Twitter announced today a multi-year partnership extension which will include expanded engagement formats and a full-season commitment to produce exclusive content on Twitter Spaces, Twitter’s new live audio feature. Twitter will also continue to be a home for the games’ biggest moments — all the touchdowns, leaping catches, incredible runs, and celebrations after they happen, from season Kickoff to Super Bowl.

NFL teams brace for stadium hiring struggles | NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk

There’s a bad-news component to a return to football normalcy because, as a league source tells PFT, teams are bracing for struggles when it comes to hiring stadium workers.

The game-day experience, from parking-lot attendants to ticket takers to concessions workers to ushers to security and beyond, entails well over a thousand employees per stadium. Last year, most of those persons had little or no work. Now, with a year away from it, teams have become concerned that many won’t want to come back.

Predicting final record for all 32 NFL teams, plus ranking all 32 rosters by talent and Rams uniform leak | CBS Sports

AFC West

Chiefs: 14-3

Chargers: 9-8

Broncos: 9-8

Raiders: 8-9

Notes: Lions picked as NFL fan base that most deserves a Super Bowl win | Pride of Detroit (SB Nation’s Lions site)

It was the sweet soul Scott Pioli who chose the Lions (and the Cleveland Browns, I guess) as the most deserving of the 2021 title.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley remains vague on status as training camp creeps closer | NFL.com

“If I was a betting man, I was told the best thing to do is bet on yourself, so why not?” Barkley said.

Eisen pressed him further, telling Barkley he’d select him with the No. 1 overall pick and “enjoy it immensely.” Barkley gave him what can be interpreted as a thumbs up.

“I believe so,” Barkley said. “I know so.”

Harrison Smith: I don’t plan to leave Vikings, but the NFL is the NFL | NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk

“Yeah,” Smith said, via Will Ragatz of SI.com. “I mean I don’t know what happens at the end of careers. I was listening to, it might’ve been the [episode] with Champ [Bailey], Pat Pete was saying at that ten-year mark, sometimes things change. I don’t plan on that happening, but the NFL is the NFL. It’s always wild. But I’ll always consider myself a Viking no matter what.”

Sean McVay thought 49ers might have traded up to draft TE Kyle Pitts at No. 3 | NFL.com

“I thought there was a possibility that Kyle was gonna go Pitts at three,” McVay said, via 49ers Web Zone. “In all seriousness, because he’s such a visionary. I’m telling you, I didn’t think it was going to be a crazy thought because you go back to when New England had the two-tight end set, and they were doing things totally different. You think about what Kittle. And then, the thing that makes sense is that, hey, Jimmy’s produced all the way. This isn’t a production thing. This is an availability thing that you’re saying, ‘We can’t have that,’ like, all the things.

“But I was like, ‘If it’s not Mac Jones — and I hadn’t studied Trey, just because there wasn’t a lot of film exposure going back a couple of years, and we weren’t in that market, so I didn’t know other than watching him throw at his pro day that you’re saying, ‘Alright, you can see a lot of the things that you would like and that would make sense.’”

Steelers RB Benny Snell on fighting for roster spot: ‘I never have settled and been comfortable’ | NFL.com

“Honestly, I can say I’m taking it as a part of my journey,” Snell said. “I never have settled and been comfortable, you know that. This is my job now, you know. Another thing I keep in mind was the Steelers picked me; I didn’t pick the Steelers so I’m ride and dying about where I’m at. When it’s time to work, it’s time to work. I feel like, even on top of us having Najee, you (can’t) just do one back for the whole season and hustle. I definitely know that roads and big-time moments are going to come up and I’m going to make sure I’m ready for them. I’m just keeping my head down and working.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Travis Kelce’s high school highlights surfaced, and he was expectedly ridiculous

It is relatively well known among the team’s fans that Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce began his football career as a quarterback at Cleveland Heights High School. He was a three-year letterman at the position, with a combined 2,539 yards from scrimmage as a senior.

Patrick Mahomes says Chiefs will ‘start from scratch’ to return to Super Bowl

“It’s different in the sense that you don’t have the parades and all that different type of stuff,” he said. “But I think the beautiful thing about the NFL is every single year, you start from scratch. You have to come in, you have to put in the work to try to get to the big game and try to win it. And so for us, win or lose that Super Bowl the last two years, we still have that same mentality: we’re going to start from scratch and build and try to find a way to get back to that game.”

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